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The 2003 IOM report, The Future of the Public’s Health in the 21st Century, called for “relevant, high-quality research (is) essential to health assessment, policy development, and assurance.”  The research conducted by our School of Public Health faculty embodies these key factors and is directed toward identifying and developing solutions to health problems, promoting optimum health and providing the evidence necessary for policy development and assurance activities.  In particular our School faculty members are committed to closing the gap between science and its application to eliminate health disparities and to improve quality of life and wellness.

We are dedicated to:

  • establishing the science base necessary to improve and promote the public’s health;
  • training the next generation of researchers through our commitment to mentoring and student-oriented education;
  • aggressively pursuing innovative, multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research to address complex health issues, and
  • designing effective dissemination strategies of research findings to practitioners, policy-makers, educators and the public.

Examples of our research areas include: aging, maternal and child health, behavioral interventions, health promotion across the lifespan, health literacy, risk communication, environmental health, gene-environment interactions, health disparities, public health informatics, mental health, physical activity and public health policy and leadership. 

We believe our research will make a difference for our state, nation and the world in addressing the complex issues facing our public’s health.


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